Revisiting A Favorite

A year ago, Sabrina Orah Mark published the essay "Fuck the Bread. The Bread is Over." in her column Happily for The Paris Review.

365 days later, Mark's dark humor and stinging comparisons about the overlap between fairytales and reality still ring true.

"In fairy tales, form is your function and function is your form. If you don’t spin the straw into gold or inherit the kingdom or devour all the oxen or find the flour or get the professorship, you drop out of the fairy tale, and fall over its edge into an endless, blank forest where there is no other function for you, no alternative career. The future for the sons who don’t inherit the kingdom is vanishment. What happens when your skills are no longer needed for the sake of the fairy tale? A great gust comes and carries you away."